In order to be allowed on the track or test track, a vehicle must meet all technical requirements and safety regulations of the event. For this purpose, each team must pass a “Technical Inspection” with its vehicle. If the inspection is successful, the team receives a sticker for the vehicle which confirms the completed inspection and is attached to the car together with the competition number.
If repairs or changes in the paddock are necessary, the teams must bring their own materials and tools. This includes adhesive tape, lifting stands, hearing protection, gloves and goggles. However, if a part or the right tool is missing, cooperation with other teams is also allowed.
Drivers must also observe certain rules for participation in the Shell Eco-marathon. On the one hand, only registered drivers are allowed to drive the vehicle. In addition to the requirements for the driver that allow efficient driving, such as a foresighted driving style to avoid unnecessary changes of direction and the attention to other vehicles, the drivers of the prototype vehicles must weigh at least 50kg and those of the Urban Concept vehicles at least 70kg. If the driver’s weight does not correspond to the minimum weight, additional ballast must be mounted to the car.
All drivers must also wear a fireproof racing suit (one piece) and fireproof gloves. In addition, synthetic clothing must not be worn under the racing suit and a helmet is mandatory to ensure optimum protection in case of an accident. Despite the equipment, as well as the usually very narrow passenger compartments, the driver must be able to get out of the car within 10 seconds for safety reasons. Especially at high temperatures, it is important to ensure that the driver is supplied with sufficient water and that the vehicle is adequately ventilated.